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Inside the "Magical" Manor of Chinatown Writer Robert Towne

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The 1974 drama Chinatown was written by Robert Towne and is considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, film of all time. Now you can live like the man behind those words: the septuagenarian has put his L.A.-area home on the market for $12.995M. According to the Los Angeles Times, Towne bought the 10,000-square-footer for $2.495M in the '80s, that period between winning an Oscar for the Chinatown screenplay (1975) and seeing his screenplay for Mission Impossible hit the big screen (1996). Designed in 1926 and described as "magical" in the brokerbabbble, the seven-bedroom mansion is no doubt just that—a mansion—but it has the charm of an English manor house, with a brick façade, well-kept wood-beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces, and French leaded-glass doors, not to mention a guest house, a rose garden, and a spice garden all on the property. But unlike the splashy, swanky, high-tech screening rooms dotting many other estates in this part of Southern California, Towne's (photo three, above) is remarkably old school: it's essentially a sunroom with a tiny TV and some floral curtains that slide to make the entire room dark.

· 'Chinatown' writer Robert Towne lists Westside estate [Los Angeles Times via Business Insider]
· 13510 Lucca Drive [The Partner Trust]